Apologies and Tacos

Tacos on the grill at a street stand.

  First of all I would like to extend a huge apology to Jeff O’Brien for my mishandling of his taco rant! I accidentally posted it under my own name. I could swear that I selected “Jeff” for author, but apparently it didn’t save. Anyway, me listed as an author gives the article a rather strange slant, as he repeatedly refers to “his wife”. As many of you know, I do not have a wife. Speaking of Jeff’s illustrious and […]

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Psst! There is something I DON’T Like About Mexico.

editor’s note: People’s Guide correspondent Jeff O’Brien sent us the following piece with many guilty caveats. “Do you think it’s too negative?” he asked, adding, “I feel bad saying anything bad about Mexico.” It’s OK, Jeff. We all feel your pain. Psst!  There is something I DON’T  Like About Mexico. It’s easy to tell people why I love Mexico.  The reasons come so fast and easy and are so oft repeated they have become clichés.  Answers easily given without any […]

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Mi Suegro

People’s Guide correspondent Jeff O’Brien sent us the perfect post for Father’s Day. Tomorrow is Father’s Day.  Today while cooking breakfast I was thinking of mi suegro, my father-in-law.  Don Lencho Bigote.  The first time we met, my then girlfriend left us in each other’s company for several hours while she was at work.  My father in law speaks no English and my Spanish is limited.  Very limited. EXTREMELY limited. We sat on the patio, mostly in silence.  He was […]

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Cow's Head, Corn Fungus, and Barbacoa, Estilo Monterrey

People’s Guide correspondent Jeff O’ Brien tortures us with mouth-watering memories of his Mexican wedding feast. by Jeff O’Brien It was a night years in the making and days in the preparing.  My wife and I had just married and my father-in-law threw what I can only call a feast for the ages.  Food and drink enough for an army. In preparation, my suegro (father-in-law) had spent the day driving around with his newly minted gringo son-in-law. We had picked […]

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Nice Tuesday: A Ringside Seat at Las Luchas

by Jeff O’Brien It was late afternoon. The daytime temperature had hit 45 C and a strong wind pushed it in our faces. We had gone into the city’s sprawling galerias to escape the early afternoon heat, but the time had come for something different. It was my first trip to Monterrey and the first time I ever saw las luchas. Luchadores have been called Mexico’s super heroes–El Santo was as revered as Superman. A lifelong fan of Mexico’s cheesy […]

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